Morteza Rafei was born in Tehran, Iran, on April 25, 1981. In September 2004 he completed his
bachelor program in Solid Design at Mechanical Engineering Department at Razi University, Iran. In
September 2004 he started his master project in Applied Design at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Mazandaran University, Iran. In March 2007 he defended his master project entitled:
Application of homotopy perturbation and variational iteration methods in nonlinear partial differential
equations in mechanical vibrating systems. In October 2007 he started his Ph.D. study at the Mathematical Physics Department of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, under the supervision
of Dr. Ir. Wim T. van Horssen, and finally in February 2012, he defended of his PhD project.